Boston Herald Jessica Heslam column
|By Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"Parts of me say yes, parts of me say no," said
"Nobody wants to see anybody in jail for a long time," said Fowler, who was 18 when he helped carry out the cold-blooded crime, and has been a free man for nearly a decade.
"If she did this, and had her husband killed, then, you know, you should be in jail," he said.
Fowler's remarks come as Smart has bolted back into the news, featured in
Smart, 46, is serving life with no chance for parole for seducing her then-15-year-old lover,
Fowler scoffed at Smart's long-standing claim that she's innocent.
"We're all innocent, ain't we? That's how it works. Everybody who goes to jail is innocent," he said.
The sensational, televised trial gripped the nation and inspired best-selling books and
Fowler was accused of trying to kill
Yesterday, a shirtless Fowler was at the end of a long dirt driveway, in front of the rundown Ranch-style home his late father built, chopping away at a camper with a crowbar. The youngest of Fowler's four children, his 4-year-old son, followed him around and played with his father's tools.
Fowler, who is missing a front tooth and whose hair is flecked with gray, didn't mince words when the conversation came to Flynn -- who is eligible for release next year.
"Let me ask you this. Did Billy Flynn serve enough time for his crime? He pulled the trigger on somebody. So you tell me," said Fowler.
Fowler, who is collecting disability insurance from a 1987 car accident, said he hasn't been in contact with
"I made my own decisions. She didn't make me do anything. The decisions I made, I did on my own," Fowler said. "I ain't going to put no blame on her. I took all the blame myself. I made the decisions I made. I made the choices I made and it put me where I was. I made the decision. She didn't make me do anything."
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